Monday, April 13, 2009

More on John

This picture was taken in 1943 when John's grandson Jack was home on leave from the military (he was in the Pacific during WW II). L to R- Frank Huntington Clark (John's son), Afton Madsen (Frank's wife), John's great-grandchildren LuDean, Billie Darleen, Jack Owen and Shirley. John is on the end.
Now more about John. All these experiences were related to me by my grandma Afton. His life was saved many times as an adult because he listened to the promptings of the Lord's Spirit. During a hunting trip with his brother-in-law, they began crossing a ravine. John heard his father's voice say, "John, don't cross there." They stopped to decide where else to go, and suddenly there was an avalanche in the ravine. During another hunting trip in White River country, which was Indian territory, they stopped to eat lunch and John heard a voice say cover the deer with snow." They did so, and then climbed into a nearby pine tree to hide. Soon a party of Indians came, circled around where they had been, and, finding nothing, rode away.
In another instance, John was hooking up the wagon to get wood. When he got to the gate, he heard a voice say, "John, don't go." He'd had enough experiences in the past to know he should listen, so he put the wagon away and stayed home.
John's family was considered some of the original pioneers because they arrived in the Salt Lake Valley before the railroad was completed in 1869. John worked construction and as a miner, and was the Springville city marshal for many years. He also worked at the county infirmary, which people called the poor house. The conditions there were so bad that John hoped he would never have to go there as a patient. He was blessed with good health for most of his life, and died at the age of 88.

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